Industrial Ecology in mining – now there’s a thought!

By Dr Robin Branson PhD, MBA, BSc. (Hons) Director, Australian Industrial Ecology Network

IN the modern world of advanced economies, pretty much everything starts with some sort of mining. From time immemorial humans have used stuff dug, sucked or that oozed out of the ground. As economies develop, increasing amounts of resources are extracted from the Earth’s crust and they all have one feature in common: they are finite. Inevitably there will come a time when mining will be uneconomic, however potentially useful the material it might be. The corollary is that extraction cannot last forever. Even if that statement were not true, assuming it is would be wise.

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Class instead of mass is key for recycler

STEINERT UniSort Black system utilised

CHRISTIAN Hündgen is convinced that the more secondary raw materials are fed back into the production of products, the better. That’s why the family-run German enterprise focuses on achieving as high a level of material purity as possible when sorting waste. “We concentrate more on the sorting depths than on high throughput rates. It ensures our customers remain loyal to us,” he says.

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Mining industry embraces renewables

By Joe Kirschke

RECENT events demonstrate how clean energy use by the mining industry, which consumes 11% of global energy, can mitigate climate change on a planet where 2000 mechanised mines struggle with fuel prices, carbon emissions and logistical challenges.

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Biodigester turns waste into energy

GEKKO Systems has taken further steps towards a greener future by unveiling a prototype biodigester that will help industry turn waste into renewable energy. The project is being developed by Gekko, which is based in Ballarat, Victoria, supported by funding from the Victorian Government.

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